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AGU Fall Meeting - media advisory 4

Preliminary press conference schedule; Field trip update

American Geophysical Union

Contents of this message

1. Preliminary press conference information
2. Field trip update
3. News Media registration information
4. News Media Registration Form
5. Who's coming

Please see:
Media Advisory 1 for important information regarding visas for international reporters:

Media Advisory 2 for information on hotel bookings at meeting rates. (The deadline was 3 November 2005.)

Media Advisory 3 for information on searching online for sessions and abstracts:

1. Preliminary press conference information

As usual at Fall Meeting, we are planning a variety of press conferences and related events for News Media registrants. The following list of topics is a work in progress. Any of them may be dropped or modified in substance, and others may be added. A subsequent advisory, late in November, will provide the full schedule (still subject to change), including descriptive statements and names of participants for each one.

  • Overview of Fall Meeting
  • Threats to the teaching of Earth and space sciences
  • Mars Express -- latest discoveries
  • Mars exploration rovers -- latest discoveries
  • Surprising discoveries at slow spreading ocean ridges
  • Space weather "cold fronts"
  • New insights into the Sumatra earthquake and tsunami
  • Antarctic ozone hole and polar ozone loss
  • Icy moons of Saturn investigated by Cassini
  • NASA administrator Griffin briefs on the Moon-Mars initiative
  • Changes to the thermohaline circulation and their impact
  • Ozone hole recovery: slower than predicted?
  • Tropospheric and stratospheric chemistry discoveries by EOS Aura
  • Hurricane Katrina: Scientific perspectives from planning to recovery
  • Hurricane Katrina: Restoration of the Mississippi River Delta
  • Suburbia's impacts on ecology
  • Workshop: STEREO, an upcoming solar study mission
  • Workshop: CloudSat and CALIPSO, two satellites to study cloud cover
  • Premiere: Film on the cryosphere, with discussion of issues presented

2. Field trip update

The planned itinerary of our 4 December field trip, which is pegged to the upcoming centennial of the San Francisco earthquake, remains as stated in Media Advisory 3 (although always subject to change):

Although we are currently running a wait list, we hope that at least some of its members will be confirmed prior to the day of the trip. Also, in past years, there have been some no-shows, and wait listed people were able to participate. The wait list, in priority order, will be included in the next media advisory.

If you are confirmed and your plans change so that you cannot participate, please inform Harvey Leifert as soon as possible. See Who's Coming (Item 5, below) for those who are confirmed and those on the Wait List.

Wardrobe note: The trip will take place rain or shine, but if it rains or has recently rained, some areas may be muddy. Please wear appropriate shoes or boots and take a raincoat or poncho, etc., as well as an umbrella.

Lunch: We will provide box lunches to be eaten en route, as noted in the itinerary. Those who are confirmed, as well as those on the wait list, who have special dietary needs should advise Harvey Leifert as soon as possible.

3. News Media registration information

News Media registrants receive a badge that provides access to any of the scientific sessions of the meeting, as well as to the Press Room and Briefing Room. No one will be admitted without a valid badge.

New: This year, News Media registrants who have preregistered will pick up their badges at a special window or kiosk in the main registration area on Level 1 (street level), not in the Press Room on Level 2, as in the past. Be prepared to show identification (see below).

If you have not preregistered, you may fill out a News Media Registration Form, available at the News Media window, presenting appropriate identification. Your badge will be made on site.

No one will be allowed into the Exhibition Hall (Level 1) or up the escalators or elevator to Levels 2 and 3 without a badge.

Eligibility for press registration is limited to the following persons:

  • Working press employed by bona fide news media: must present a press card, business card, or letter of introduction from an editor of a recognized publication.

  • Freelance science writers: must present a current membership card from NASW, a regional affiliate of NASW, CSWA, ISWA, or SEJ; or evidence of by-lined work pertaining to science intended for the general public and published in 2004 or 2005; or a letter from the editor of a recognized publication assigning you to cover Fall Meeting.

  • Public information officers of scientific societies, educational institutions, and government agencies: must present a business card.

Note: Representatives of publishing houses, for-profit corporations, and the business side of news media must register at the main registration desk at the meeting and pay the appropriate fees, regardless of possession of any of the above documents. They are not accredited as Press at the meeting.

Scientists who are also reporters and who are presenting at this meeting (oral or poster session) may receive News Media credentials if they qualify (see above), but must also register for the meeting and pay the appropriate fee as a presenter.

4. News Media Registration Form

The News Media Registration Form is set up for online submission, but includes a link to a version that can be printed out and faxed or mailed. Go to:

The last day for advance News Media registration, assuring that your badge will be waiting for you when you arrive, is Wednesday, 23 November 2005. You may also register onsite at the News Media booth in the Registration area on Level 1 (street level).

5. Who's coming

The following persons have registered as of the date of this message. If you have submitted a registration form, but your name does not appear below, please resubmit the form (Item 4, above).

Field trip: In the list, "Yes" means the person is confirmed for the 4 December field trip. "*Yes" means confirmed, but not using the bus. "Wait List" is self-explanatory.

Amos Jonathan BBC News Interactive Yes
Aguilera Mario Scripps Inst. of Oceanography Yes
Alden Andrew Wait List
Anatta UCAR
Baker Joanne Science Wait List
Bela James Freelance Wait List
Bentley Molly BBC World Service Yes
Blumenberg Sue NASA Ames Research Center Yes
Borok Lisa MBARI Wait List
Bortman Henry Astrobiology Magazine
Branson Kenneth Rutgers University Wait List
Brusa Doug Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Burnham Robert Mars Space Flight Facility, ASU
Calamai Peter Toronto Star Yes
Chamberlain Ted National Geographic News Wait List
Chang Alicia Associated Press Yes
Chang Kenneth The New York Times Yes
Chanut Francoise California Wild
Chui Glennda San Jose Mercury News Yes
Clark Cindy Scripps Inst. of Oceanography
Cole Steve NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr.
Connor Steve The Independent (London) Yes
Cowen Robert Christian Science Monitor Yes
Cox John Freelance
Cunningham Ann Marie TalkingScience
DeWitt Sarah NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr.
Doherty Paul Exploratorium Yes
Donaldson Leslie KTVU-TV Oakland *Yes
Dybas Cheryl National Science Foundation
Elgart Jennings Joanne NewsHour with Jim Lehrer Yes
Epatko Larisa Online NewsHour with Jim Lehrer Yes
Field Richard Richfield Productions
Fromme Alison Freelance
Fulton-Bennett Kim MBARI Wait List
Gebhart Fred Drug Topics Magazine
Gordon Leslie U.S. Geological Survey *Yes
Hall Carl San Francisco Chronicle
Hanna Raven Freelance Yes
Hanna Stephanie U.S. Geological Survey *Yes
Hanson Brooks Science
Henson Bob UCAR Yes
Hicks Johnson Tara SOEST - University of Hawaii
Hill Richard The Oregonian
Hoffman Sarah Corvallis Gazette-Times Wait List
Irion Robert ScienceNow
Johnson Christina California Sea Grant - UCSD
Kerr Dick Science
Kloeppel Jim U. Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Yes
Kostel Ken Earth Institute at Columbia Univ.
Kusek Kristen The Marine Scientist
LaFee Scott San Diego Union-Tribune Wait List
Lakdawalla Emily The Planetary Society
LaMacchia Diane Earth Images Foundation
Lau Edie Sacramento Bee Yes
Leake Jonathan Sunday Times (London) Yes
Levy Dawn Stanford News Service Yes
Light Nancy Integrated Ocean Drilling Program
Lloyd Erica Freelance
Lorditch Emilie Discoveries & Breakthroughs
Lorentz Katie NASA Langley Research Center
Lovett Rick Freelance Yes
Lubick Naomi Geotimes Yes
Marks Robin Exploratorium Wait List
Martinez Carolina NASAP Jet Propulsion Laboratory
McDowell Susanne UCSC Science Writing Program Wait List
McFarling Usha Lee Los Angeles Times Yes
McKeeking Gavin AGU/AAAS Mass Media Fellow
McKinnon Mika SPS Observer Wait List
McLeish Todd University of Rhode Island
Mejia Robin Freelance Wait List
Melo Niels Richfield Productions
Miller Ryder Freelance
Molnia Bruce Freelance *Yes
Nash J. Madeleine Time Yes
Null Jan Freelance
O'Hanlon Larry Discovery Channel Online
Pease Roland BBC Radio Science Unit Yes
Perkins Sid Science News Yes
Perlman David San Francisco Chronicle Yes
Petit Charles Freelance
Pinckard Anne UCSC Science Writing Program
Pratt Sara Freelance/Geotimes Yes
Prose Doug Earth Images Foundation
Rademacher Horst Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Yes
Ravilious Kate The Guardian Yes
Reed Christina Freelance Yes
Renfrow Stephanie National Snow & Ice Data Center
Reynolds Bob Richfield Productions
Rink Chris NASA Langley Research Center
Robertson Donald Astronomy Now Yes
Rogers Adam Wired
Rosenthal Anne Freelance Yes
Rowan Linda Geotimes Yes
Sasso Anne Freelance Yes
Showstack Randy Eos
Shwartz Mark Stanford News Service Wait List
Smith Jesse Science
Sperling Norm Journal of Irreproducible Results
Stahler Alan KVMR-FM Nevada City Yes
Starobin Michael NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr.
Strong-Aufhauser Lisa Strong Mountain Productions Wait List
VanDecar John Nature Yes
Wakefield Julie Freelance
Weintraub Rachel NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr.
Wilson Elizabeth Chemical & Engineering News Wait List
Witze Alexandra Nature
Wyckoff Barbara National Geographic Magazine Yes
Young Byron KVMR-FM Nevada City Wait List
Zala Krista UCSC Science Writing Program Wait List


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